February 2, 2023

Jonathan Noble

Alpine stands firm on Piastri race contract for F1 2023

In the wake of Fernando AlonsoShocking decision to sign Aston Martin for next year, and Alps The band moved quickly to secure a contract they believe had with their reserve driver, Piastre.

He. She The deal was announced on Tuesday afternoonthe day after it was discovered that Alonso was leaving at the end of the campaign.

However, a few hours after the announcement of Alpine, Biastri took over social media To insist he hasn’t signed anything with the team and won’t be racing for him in 2023.

“I understand that without my consent, Alpine F1 has issued a press release in the late afternoon that I’m driving for them next year,” Biastri wrote.

“This is a mistake and I have not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I will not be driving to Alpine next year.”

Understandably, his comments come on the heels of a push by Piastre and his management to secure a seat in him McLaren for the next year.

There have been suggestions that the youngster may have a pre-contract with McLaren which means that if the options at Alpine fall, he will commit to joining the Woking-based team.

It is widely understood that as part of his long-term deal with Alpine, it was necessary for Piastri to secure a seat in the 2023 F1 race by a certain date if he was to remain under contract.

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The key to the matter now would be whether that date came to play, and there was a window where the Alpine rights fell.

But despite Biastri’s statement and his apparent belief that he won’t be racing for it in 2023, Alpine is understandably adamant that it has firm legal grounding with its contract.

This means that if there is a dispute between Piastri and another team, it may need to be settled by Formula 1’s Contract Recognition Board.

The panel of independent lawyers will then read the terms of the contracts that Piastri owns and determine who has rights to them for the next year.

Speaking ahead of Piastri’s announcement on Tuesday, team boss Otmar Szafnauer said he had no doubts that Alpine had the right to his services for next year.

“We have the right to take it,” he said. “Our priority.”